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Where The Bern Is

Aside from the Marco Rubot malfunction, the most dismal aspect of Saturday's Republican debate was the sight of supposed conservatives competing in their enthusiasm for making women sign up for "selective service". For non-Americans, I should explain that registering for "selective service" - as in military service - is something all young men have to do upon turning 18, so, in the event that the draft is ever reinstated, they'll have everybody's name in the big database. As with many aspects ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Ain't Misbehavin'

This essay is adapted from Mark's book, A Song For The Season:

I'm not, generally, a big fan of "black history" or "gay history" or most other forms of identity-group history. There is plain old history, which encompasses all of us however peripherally in its whims and cruelties, and, when one tries to narrow the focus to correct longstanding "marginalizations", one too often winds up not with scholarship but with smiley-face boosterism. All that said, let me make an exception to my general antipathy and mark February's "African-American History Month" festivities by noting a songwriter who, in his own way, is a part of both African and American history.

Andy Razaf was born Andreamenentania Razafinkeriefo, the great nephew of Queen Ranavalona III of Madagascar...

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A Se'nnight of Steyn, February 1-7

Happy Super Bowl Sunday to our American readers. For our friends Down Under, Mark's nationwide tour of Australia kicks off a week today - on Valensteyn's Day live in Perth. All dates are sold out except for a few remaining tickets for Mark's debut appearance in Cloncurry. If you'd like to grab one of the last seats at the Post Office Hotel (see right), please click here. And, if you'd like to be put on the waiting list for Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney or the big gala beano in Melbourne, ...

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Sumner in Winter

On Friday I checked in with New England radio colossus Howie Carr to survey the political scene on the eve of the New Hampshire primary - with a brief detour into the strange wraith-like quality of Bill Clinton in his Iowa stage appearance, which led Howie and me to speculate on the increasing similarities between Bill and deposed CBS honcho Sumner Redstone (see right). To hear the full interview with Howie, click here. ~I said yesterday that, if Iowa were a Third World banana republic, Jimmy ...

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The Peace of Submission

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union funded "peace movements" throughout the west - because for the Soviets "peace" meant "the absence of opposition". In our time the new peace movement is Islam. And so we are told today, from the podium of a mosque with "extremist" "links", that the very word Islam means "peace". Actually, it means "submission" - ie, the absence of opposition. The only difference between then and now is that instead of being chanted by scrofulous hippies protesting outside a ...

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Steyn on the Oakley Show

Hillary Shows No Quarter

Mark and John Oakley talk jail for climate deniers and the aftermath of Iowa

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Mark at the Movies

13 Hours

Michael (Transformers) Bay has now made two feature films about real-life military attacks on US sovereign territory - in 2001 Pearl Harbor, which was enough to have you rooting for the Japs, and now 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Happily, the latter does not have much in common with the former, save for a reprise of what evidently Mr Bay regards as his signature - a rocket falling from the skies to its target, but shot from the rocket's point of view. If you object that a rocket is ...

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Steyn on Britain and Europe

No Man's Land

Further to my video observations about civilizational suicide as a form of moral narcissism comes this stark statistic from The Daily Mail: In 2001 there were 1.5 million Muslims in England and Wales. By 2014 there were 3 million Muslims in England and Wales. So Britain's reaction to the cultural fault line revealed by 9/11 was to double its Muslim population. So for the most part did the rest of the west. The Mail reports: England is home to more than three million Muslims for the first time ...

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Steyn on America

That Smell Isn't the Ethanol

A year ago, I wrote:

For me, the issue this US election season is the corruption. Sure, I'd like a balanced budget and less debt and repeal of Obamacare, but I'm getting used to being sold out on those issues. So I'm down to the bare minimum requirement for a politician: The corruption nauseates me, and, if it doesn't nauseate the candidates, then that explains a lot about why nothing happens on any of those other matters. It's in the air, it's in my nostrils, and I'm sick of choking on it...

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Steyn on America

Second-Degree Bern

Thank God that's over. You don't have to be an Amtrak conductor to want to punch the next guy who says, "There are three tickets out of Iowa." In the end, Ted Cruz won eight delegates and Donald Trump seven. Which doesn't sound so bad for Trump. Except that Marco Rubio also won seven delegates. Had the caucus been held 24 hours later, Rubementum might have pushed Trump to third place...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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